Introduction

Having refurbished this building specifically with accessibility in mind from the outset, we have managed to incorporate many features that cannot usually be found in holiday accommodation. We have included below a response from one of our visitors

Thanks for a really lovely holiday in your beautiful Swallow Cottage. As promised, I have written a bit about the accessibility in Swallow Cottage for wheelchair user. Please do use this in whatever way you wish to. the only thing I would like to point out is that due to the ramp to the garden going into the main bedroom (which is a lovely idea), it can be a problem with bringing mud in on wheels. It might be an idea to put some sort of matt/rug there just to preserve the carpet when you have a wheelchair user staying.

“I am a wheelchair user who uses an electric wheelchair. I stayed with my family in Swallow Cottage and found it very comfortable and accessible. All the adaptations are done to a very high quality.

Accessibility for a wheelchair user:

  • No step at front door, just about 1inch smooth bump threshold.
  • All doors throughout are wide enough for wheelchair.
  • All rooms accessible for wheelchair.
  • Large bedrooms, plenty of space for wheelchair.
  • Accessible bathroom – very good layout and accessibility. Good overall maneuvering space.
  • Slightly higher than normal toilet but not too high. Very strong and comfortable loo seat. Good quality and well placed grab rails and drop down handle.
  • Wet room flat access shower with excellent quality wooden drop down full shower seat. Well placed handles and shower unit.
  • Sink with good access, no unit underneath. Easy to use mixer tap.
  • Living space very large, plenty of space. Accessible sink with leg space underneath.
  • Ramp to garden from accessible bedroom.”

Access from the road is through an open farm gate and then long driveway to entrance.

Parking for Swallow Cottage is in its own area with space for several cars immediately next to the entrance with ample turning and unloading on a very gently sloping gravelled surface. Lighting operated by sensors lights this area when used at night.

Front door The front door has a 840mm (33’’) clear opening with a flush threshold, with the hall inside large enough for a wheelchair to turn in together with a storage area. Both the door to the kitchen / living area and the main bedroom also have 840 mm wide clear openings.

Accommodation is all on the ground floor, with one step down from the entrance hall into the kitchen / dining room.   A ramp is kept nearby and placed in this position when required.

Kitchen / Living room has been provided with two worktop areas, allowing one to be at a lower level suitable for wheelchair users, with clear knee space underneath and a sink, microwave and hob. There is space for manoeuvring wheelchairs around this area

Main Bedroom at 4.1 x 5.3m is large enough to spend time during the day as well as manoeuvring and storing wheelchairs and having assistance. An extra bed can be installed upon request.  It is connected to a walk en  ensuite shower / wc specifically designed for disabled users, with grab rails, shower seat, special thermostatic shower and pull cord alarm ( signal in living room next door).

Secondary Bedrooms are on the ground floor, with 2 having ensuite shower rooms ( not large enough for a wheelchair and  involve a step up into the shower cubicle) and 2 sharing the use of a bathroom / wc.

Garden is relatively flat with a lawn and pond, accessible from both the main bedroom and the large sliding doors to the kitchen / living room. The latter involves a small step.

Public Transport the closest railway station is at Kilgetty – 3.7miles, although the most convenient is Whitland due to frequency of service. There are no buses locally.